Thursday, 21 October 2010

The Battle of Ruddy Balaclava!

Michael's blog
The other day I thought it would be a good idea to get my A level students to use historical sources in a slightly different way to what they're used to. So using the events of the Charge of the Light Brigade I gave my students sources related to particular people involved in the charge.
So one pair were given sources about Lord Lucan's actions, another pair about Lord Cardigan's and so on. The idea was that the students would use the sources to write a blog of that particular person's perspective on the charge-as if it was happening in real time (I told them to imagine that everyone there had Blackberry phones!) I had originally wanted them to use Twitter for this as I have seen similar things done using that particular medium-but unfortunately, Twitter is blocked by our school server, so we used blogspot instead. Despite this, the finished blogs were absolutely fab! I told my year 12 class that the one I thought was the best (although it was tough decision to make, as they were all so good), would be featured on my blog. So, the 'winning' blog was the one done by Michael who had to blog about Lord Raglan's perspective of the Charge. Please go over to Michael's blog and take a look at what he's written and if you see what you like, let him know by leaving a comment! Thank you.  


Theresa Bruno said...

I loved the approach you took with your students. Having them identify with a person in the battle was ingenious. Tell Michael he did a wonderful job!

Anonymous said...

I am sure you are pleased to be the teacher of such a bright young man. I enjoyed his post.

TammiMagee said...

Thank you so much for commenting-I will definitely tell him what you both said.

The Clever Pup said...

Oh dear - I was wondering why all the fuss over Baklava!